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Amid the news last week that BYU was switching quarterbacks, I jokingly wished that Utah’s QBs would do something to drive interest.
No, I didn't see Jack Tuttle's transfer coming this week.
I did wonder about the coaching staff’s failure to use him against Arizona, with five minutes left and Utah leading 42-10, but it’s also true that No. 2 QB Jason Shelley needed work. Shelley had taken only seven snaps Friday, after not appearing in a game since the Aug. 30 season opener.
As to the bigger question of what Utah’s staff could or should have done to keep Tuttle happy, I would say the coaches owed the 2018 team its best chance to win games. And if they thought Shelley deserved to be No. 2, while preparing him to play if needed, that’s how they should have proceeded — as opposed to favoring Tuttle, for any reason that extended beyond this season. The best players should play, and the next-best players should be the top backups.
After the Utes went winless in October 2017, this month is shaping up to be memorable. (TRIB)
Tribune columnist Gordon Monson reviewed the career arc of Ute defensive star Chase Hansen. (TRIB)
Ute defensive lineman John Penisini is a success story, thanks to his relentless effort. (TRIB)
The controversial USC-Washington State game could end up affecting Utah in the Pac-12 South. (TRIB)
USC will miss linebacker Porter Gustin, a Utah high school graduate who’s out for the season. (TRIB)
This Ute men’s basketball team will be fun to watch, although injuries are a factor already. (TRIB)
Pac-12 expert Jon Wilner analyzes the Pac-12 football landscape and Utah’s place in it. (MERC)
Trent Wood of the Deseret News asked the Ute defensive backs to evaluate themselves. (DNEWS)
The Utes hope Saturday’s game vs. USC showcases the program to some high-profile recruits (247)
• Utah’s women’s volleyball team keeps coming up with intermittent upsets in the Pac-12. The Utes beat then-No. 14 Oregon in four sets Sunday the Huntsman Center, improving to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in the conference with a sweep of the Oregon schools. The Utes are on the road this weekend, visiting Arizona State on Friday and No. 25 Arizona on Sunday.
• The Utah women’s soccer team (7-6-1, 4-2) is making life difficult for opposing offenses. The Utes have won four straight conference games, all shutouts, including last weekend’s 2-0 defeat of Oregon State. Utah visits No. 1 Stanford on Thursday (6 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks) and play at California on Sunday.